The Habits of Highly Successful People

     Milan Krstovic, Jr. Media Relations Associate, at  Porch and her team shared that perhaps we should forget “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” These days, gurus across the internet claim dozens of routines will put you on the path to fulfillment. In one camp, there are the evangelists of wholesome habits: Get up early, make your bed, and exercise, and you’ll inevitably encounter success. Then you have the mindfulness contingent, who says daily meditation will deliver clarity to even the most frazzled capitalists. Other habit-based programs take consistency to the extreme, suggesting eating and wearing the same things each day. If you’re skeptical of these well-intentioned suggestions, don’t kick yourself for your cynicism. It’s hard to know if any of these habits truly work for you––or anyone.

That’s why Data for Stories  experimented on its own, surveying over 1,000 people on how successful they feel in several major life areas. They then asked them about their habits to gain a statistical view of the practices that correlate most closely with fulfillment. If you’ve wondered which habits allow other people to achieve their purpose and prosperity, you won’t want to miss the results. Read on to see how successful people consistently spend the one resource they can’t replenish: their time. Read more

3 Secrets to Walking Faster and Farther

Michele Stanten wrote for Trinity Health’s Silver Sneakers that anytime you lace up for a walk, whether it’s for five minutes or one hour, you’re doing something good for your health. But what if you could make every single walking workout even more effective?

With just a few simple tweaks, you can. The secret: Mastering good form for a faster walk, which burns more calories. Whether you’re walking on a treadmill or outside, use these three tips for better technique and results.

Tip #1: Bend Your Arms for a Total-Body Workout

You don’t run with your arms down by your sides. For a faster walk, borrow the concept of bending your elbows at 90 degrees. Your arms and legs naturally want to be in sync—so when you move your arms, your legs will want to speed up too.

Perfect your form: Keep your elbows close to your body (not winging out to the side) as you move your arms forward and back (not across your body).

Tip #2: Take Shorter Steps for a Smoother Gait

You might assume that longer legs always mean bigger steps and faster speed. Not so! In fact, the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the women’s 20K race walk was only 5′3″ but left her taller competitors in the dust. The trick is to land your front foot close to your body, which helps you have a smoother gait and faster speed.

Perfect your form: Before you start walking, stand on flat, solid ground. Lift one knee up so your thigh is parallel to the ground, and immediately lower your heel to the ground. That’s how close your front foot should be to your body when you walk. Read more

Registration for Flat Apple 2018 Begins June 1

The free Flat Apple Summer Activity encourages children to be physically active and rewards them with a prize drawing.

The Healthy Lombard Foundation wants kids to stay fit this summer, and kids who keep track of their activities just may win a prize or find a bit of local fame.

The foundation is launching the Flat Apple Summer Activity, which aims to keep kids moving through the warm weather. From Friday, June 1, through Aug. 25, kids are encouraged to take part in Healthy Lombard-sponsored activities at community events such as a Lombard Cruise Night and keep a log of the time they spend doing things that will keep their bodies healthy.

Play sports? The game goes on the log. Spend the afternoon swimming? Log it. Ride your bike with friends and take a family walk? Log and log again.

“Flat Apple is for both (the) athletic and nonathletic child,” foundation board President Jay Wojcik said. “Our goal is for kids to have a great experience and be motivated to stay active during the summer.”

To take part in Flat Apple, children between the ages of 4 and 16 must have their parents register them for the free program on the Healthy Lombard website, The program is open to children who live outside of Lombard as well as to residents.

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12 Running Facts That Will Inspire You To Run Today

Josh Wardini, Community Manager at  Webmastersjury, shared that he world’s healthiest people are those who exercise body and mind regularly. These people tend to have more productive days, better memory, and even look and feel younger and more attractive.

Of all the body exercises people engage in today, running is one of the oldest and also one of the very few that gives you a total body workout. Unlike with many other forms of exercise, there is no need for expensive equipment, just a good set of running shoes that you can always find a good deal on, from vendors like The Walking Company. And, there is a much smaller chance of injury than with most other activities! The numerous benefits of running cannot be overstated. What we have below is just a few facts that will hopefully remind you that the post-running muscle ache is totally worth it (along with other fun facts).Music boosts running performance by about 15%.


Using footwear that cost over $95 is linked to a 200% increase in chances of injury than with shoes of $40 or less.

  1. Running works the largest number of muscles using 200 to take each step. When you run, you also work out 33 joints, 26 bones, and 112 ligaments along with nerves, tendons, and blood vessels.

  1. You can cut your risk of Alzeheimer’s by 40% if you run as little as 24.6 KM a week.

  1. Want to increase your lifespan by 20%? Run 32 km a week.

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Yoga does more than reduce stress during treatment

Alexander Hantel, M.D., an experienced medical oncologist, shared in Edwards-Elmhurst Healthy Driven Blog that your body was built to move. It’s how you were made. That’s why it’s so important for your health to keep moving — even during cancer treatment.

Newer research has shown that exercise has many benefits during and after treatment. This doesn’t mean you need to hop on a treadmill and train for a 5K. There are less intensive whole body exercises that you can implement into your lifestyle to help improve your mind, body and spirit.

Yoga is a great example. Yoga combines physical postures, breathing exercises and meditation. Poses are designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress.

Research shows that practicing yoga during cancer treatment has several benefits.Yoga can help boost your mood, improve balance and blood flow. It can also help control physical functions like blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism and body temperature. Read more

Come and Meet Andre Dawson

Donate and Dine!

Visit Culver’s of Lombard,  at 1155 S. Main St. on MONDAY, MAY 21, from 4 – 8 pm and a percentage of group sales will be donated to
TRINITY CHRISTIAN NURSERY SCHOOL in Villa Park to help in the purchase of new indoor play equipment for preschoolers.

As an added bonus, Culvers have partnered with The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center and its brand-new BABY OTTER ANDRE DAWSON AQUATIC CENTER, that provides a one-of-a-kind water safety & swimming program for children as young as eight months old.



FROM 5 – 7 pm
(no autographs will be signed)

Please use this link to download the attached filer and bring

it with you in order for the school to receive credit.


Even Modest Lifestyle Changes in Middle Age May Significantly Extend Your Life

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Moms Can Help Girls Get Moving

Unfortunately, data suggests that we aren’t. Adolescents need 60 minutes of physical activity every day. However, the 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that only about 27% of high school students participated in at least 60 minutes of physical activity on each of the seven days prior to the survey. Boys (36%) were more likely than girls (17.7%) to get the recommended amount of exercise.

This means that our kids, especially our girls, are missing out on some incredible lifelong health benefits, including lowering their risk for chronic diseases and improving their chances of becoming healthy adults.

Physical activity and sports also make for a healthier, more enjoyable childhood. According to a Women’s Sports Foundation study(link is external), organized sports are associated with children’s general health and body esteem, healthy weight, and educational achievement. Also, children’s involvement in sports is often associated with more harmony, cohesion, and communication with their parent(s). What’s more — girls who are not involved in team sports are less content with their lives than girls who do participate, because sports enhance their quality of life. To me, the message is clear: We need to get more girls moving and signed up to play sports.

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Promote the Paddle

College of DuPage Nursing Student Schyle McKee shared that kayaking and canoeing is a great way to have fun on a sunny summer day. Being on the calm water in a manually propelled vessel can be quite relaxing and it promotes awesome exercise.

There are many ways to enjoy a day on a boat. Float on to the middle of that pond to soak up the sun, racing your buddies who are in the boats that are next to you, casting a line overboard to catch a fish or two. The possibilities go as far as your imagination, which is pretty much endless.

Did you know? It’s easy to burn calories by paddling! The average person burns about 300 calories an hour. Get out there and paddle those calories away! Paddling really gets the heart pumping and the blood flowing too. Getting the heart rate up strengthens the heart muscle making it more efficient. This very good for the rest or your body as well.

Also, when sun rays hit the skin, Vitamin D is made. Vitamin D is needed to help calcium absorption to make bones strong. This form of getting vitamin D is great for all ages. Vitamin D is in very few foods but it could also come from supplements. Why buy supplements, however, when its easy to go outside, jump in your boat, and catch some rays? On the plus side, it’s free AND healthy!

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